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The New Yorker Magazine’s Father’s Day Cover Honors Unending Job Of Parenthood
By Mikelle Leow, 12 Jun 2018
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To celebrate Father’s Day this year, The New Yorker magazine has enlisted illustrator Christoph Niemann, who is a parent of three sons, to illustrate what it means to him to be a father.
Much of Niemann’s creative flair is owed to his upbringing. The cartoonist told the magazine that his parents had handed him and his brother “an unending supply” of art supplies and adopted “the smartest strategy” to nurturing creativity, which was to let their children work on their masterpieces without much interruption.
For the 18 June 2018 issue, Niemann portrayed the thankless yet gratifying job of being a dad. Titled Father’s Day Off, the illustration shows a father, dressed in office wear, fixing a sink with his daughter—a task that he never envisioned pre-fatherhood.
“So much of parenting is different from what I might have imagined before having kids,” he told The New Yorker magazine. “One of the few things that does feel like a picture book is when I fix something or assemble a piece of furniture and have a child as an assistant.”
Check out the cover below and read the artist’s interview with the publication here. Recently, Niemann also created a trippy optical illusion cover in the image of himself for The New York Times magazine’s story on psychedelic drug therapy.
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